SparkFun’s Eagle Tutorials

[ schematic ] [ layout ]

Eagle’s schematic tool reminds me of using Altera’s Quartus II, NI’s Mutisim – its the same idea with libraries and connecting lines. And of course, NI has a [ layout ] tool too. I wonder if ADI and Ti use that (or OrCAD?) to make their eval boards. Still, hand-wiring nets is too much. There has to be the spice equivalent of just putting a list down for the schematic itself. We’ll get to that next.

What about keyboard shortcuts? Adobe and Gimp have them, but does Eagle do too? Yup, will have to configure [ custom shorts ].

It took me some time to figure out how to move a group of components together. The trick is to select the group first, then left click, and select “Move: Group”!

Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 10.38.00 AM

My take on the tutorial’s “Bare Bones Arduino” layout:

Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 8.07.49 PM

The routing game is a lot of fun, and using a via just seems like a lost points!

By the way, here’s an attempt at using TLC5940’s QFN-32 package, which was not very successful, as not all pins show up on the pin out!

Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 8.04.03 PM

And the layout:

Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 8.06.06 PM

On a print out, this chip looks REALLY small. I am getting worried about the soldering problem…

Besides, Dr Anderson found it interesting that I had such a broad breakout board.

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